Friday, September 16, 2011

Hotels ready to cash in

Hotels ready to cash in

Restaurants also expect to benefit from weekend festivals in area

By Nancy Glasscock, The Decatur Daily

Area hotels and restaurants expect festivals this weekend — starting today with the Decatur Jaycees Riverfest and the Racking Horse World Celebration — to generate more than $342,000 in revenue.

Hartselle’s Depot Days and Eva’s Frontier Days have Saturday events.

Tami Reist, Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau president, said last year’s economic impact of the Racking Horse event and Riverfest alone was $342,000.

“A lot of these events on Saturday, people will come out and eat and spend money, so it’s definitely a boost in sales receipts for the city,” she said. “It should be a very good overall weekend for all of Morgan County.”

Managers of restaurants and hotels in the Decatur area said they notice an increase in sales in conjunction with the festivals.

Carolyn Bild, co-owner of the Daily Brew on Market Street, said Riverfest attracts repeat customers.

“People heading down (Alabama) 20 for Riverfest will stop in for breakfast or stop in for lunch, then after a day of sampling barbecue, will come over to enjoy the entertainment we have on Fridays and Saturdays,” she said.

Bild said performers include Microwave Dave, Tim Tucker, Ken Waters and Phil Weaver.

Jane Davis, manager at Big Bob Gibson on Danville Road, said business increases 50 to 75 percent during the Racking Horse World Celebration because of nearby hotels.

Managers at some restaurants said other events bring in more customers.

Mike Arndt, manager of Alfonso’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant near the intersection of Beltline Road and U.S. 31, said the restaurant does best during other events and after ballgames.

Mike Caldwell, manager at BB Perrins Barbecue on Holly Street, said business has been steady all season. He said the restaurant had one of its best summers, possibly because of customers who would have vacationed staying in town.

Decatur-area hotel managers said they expect the usual increase in bookings from visitors to the festivals.

Parkway Inn & Suites on Point Mallard Parkway still had rooms available this week, but usually has an increase in bookings this time of year, a manager said.

Jameson Inn on the Beltline also had rooms available. Hampton Inn on Beltline Road sold out Tuesday, but expected to have rooms available later in the week.

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